Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).


Here's how you do it

Dave Williams of the Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center explains the specifics of planting prairie at a recent workshop held at the ISU Northeast Research Farm near Nashua. The Tallgrass Prairie Center, located at the University of Northern Iowa, is testing several seed mixes on two different sites as part of a research project funded by the Leopold Center's Ecology Initiative. The workshop is part of the center's "Prairie On Farms" project, now collaborating with the ISU STRIPS Research Team whose members also are working with landowners to establish strips of native plants. [Photo courtesy the Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center]